Hike raises nearly $129K

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The Toffelmires, from left, Devin, Beckham and Dillon have a fun time as they take part in this year’s Hike for Hospice recently along the Mud Creek Trail. The trio completed the trek in memory of Dillon’s ‘Nanny’, Ann Girard.

Mission accomplished.

This year’s Hike for Hospice surpassed its goal, raising $128,700, despite once again being an arms’ length affair.

With a goal of $125,000, the Hike began in late April and ran for about a week. The set up allowed for people to come and walk the Mud Creek Trail at their leisure to support the Chatham-Kent Hospice.

Throughout the spring, hikers collected pledges and raised the funds to ensure families continue to receive compassionate, end-of-life care at no cost.

“We are always impressed with the dedication of our hikers to supporting Hospice residents and their families. It was touching to once again see Mud Creek trail lined with signs memorializing those loved and lost. We hope next year to be able to gather and hike together again,” said Randi Bokor Caron, special event chair for the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation board of directors.

Pre-COVID, the hike gathered supporters together for a one-day community hike. But during the pandemic, the hike has been held virtually, and in this year’s case, stretched over a one-week period.

“Thank you to everyone who participated, at Mud Creek or in your own community, those who pledged their support and to all our sponsors,” said Caron.

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